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Do It Yourself Grout Brightener!

Last weekend, I asked our Facebook family to give me their best cleaning tips. As you might know, I’m a bit of a concoction freak. I like to make my own cleaners at home no matter how strange they sound!!

I got quite a few responses from everyone and they were brilliant! I’ve decided to try a few tips. I loved Jessica Kaml’s tip on making your own orange cleaner using old orange peels in a jar of vinegar. I’m in the process of collecting my peels but since this is sort of a long process, I’m going to have to finish it at another time. I’m also going to try Sandy Bergeron’s tip! She says she puts out several small baskets to collect things that are left out. Each basket belongs to a coordinating room. When the baskets are full, she takes them to their respective rooms and puts the items back into their rightful places!

The DIY tip I did for this post though came from Autumn Martin. She suggests using Cream of Tartar on white grout to make it instantly brighter.

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I went through every room in my house looking for white grout and believe it or not, I don’t have a single speck of it in here! I do have a back-splash with tan grout though. Honestly, I’ve never cleaned it and it was looking pretty dingy thanks to years of cooking right in front of it. This is what it looked like when I started (food stuck on the wall and everything).

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It’s pretty gross.

All I did was open my little container of Cream of tartar and add a tiny bit of water to form a paste.


Once my paste was ready to go, I dipped an unused toothbrush into it and scrubbed it right into my tan grout.


After about 30 minutes, my paste looked like this…


I can imagine how bright this would make white grout!

Anyway, once it was dry, I used a spray bottle to cover the grout in water and simply wiped it away with a paper towel. And guess what? My TAN grout got brighter too!!

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So, Autumn, you have a fantastic cleaning tip on your hands! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

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